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Sonic Explorations and Visual Incentives – The influence of cyclic behavior on Structure


In my recent composition work I make use of a variety of extra-musical references, which are all derived from the visual domain, whether imaginary or real. A major area of interest that I investigate in my current music is the influence that these visual references can have in the domain of structure and musical form. A further point that deserves consideration is how these can influence mood and message in the resulting music in a way that this connection becomes meaningful and clear. I am also particularly interested in sources that have cyclic behavior as a central element, and in developing optimal strategies through which this behavior can be transferred to the musical domain.

These points of consideration were investigated in depth during the last phase of my creative practice studies at UC San Diego and had as their outcome the three pieces that constitute my PhD dissertation in music composition. One of these pieces represents my first use of the electronic medium. In it I explore a variety of manipulations of the instrumental (violin) sound combined with the idea of spatialization. In the dissertation essay that accompanies my musical compositions, I elaborate on the above-mentioned points with an analytical approach. I also draw comparative conclusions on the degree of their success, in regards to my creative intentions and prospects of the future.

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